Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket Owner Review

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down jacket

The Uniqlo Men’s Ultra Light Down Jacket – Item Code 156558 is a recent addition to my ultralight bikepacking system. It replaces a Outdoor Research Down Jacket which weighs in at 500 grams. The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket with stuff sack weighs in at 266 grams (size large), a nice saving of 234 grams.  I may save a further 5.5 grams and more compression by swapping out the stuff sack for a Zpacks small cuben stuff sack.

Initially this is my first impressions on the jacket. I will update this post following further use.

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Bikepacking the Holland Track in Western Australia

Salsa Anything Cage HD

Updated October 24, 2016

This post is about cycling the Holland Track from Hyden to Coolgardie with an extension on to Kalgoorlie in September, 2016 on my bikepacking configured Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This will be my inaugural bikepacking ride so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.  This post is going to be a work in progress as I document my planning and later riding of the Holland Track in Western Australia. Working notes for me and anyone curious in riding the Holland Track.

Also with this post I am going to document some of the gear choices I make as move from what may be described as a traditional pannier based touring style where I didn’t have a strong focus on weight carried or volume of gear carried to where I have much more limited carrying space and hence volume and weight become more important, e.g., my Chasing the Dirt Tour.

That said riding the Holland Track as planned means there will be no re-supply points between Hyden and Coolgardie and hence I need to carry sufficient food and water.  Riding in spring, late September, assuming good winter rains there should be water available at a couple of granite rock outcrops, Thursday Rock and Victoria Rock. However Thursday Rock is likely to be three days riding from Hyden and Victoria Rock is four days riding, hence I will need to carry at least three days water for most of the ride, i.e., about 18 litres or look at the possibility of a couple water drops to spread the load.  If water drops turn out to not be an option I will need to pull my Extrawheel trailer. The trailer will only be used to carry the water for the first three days.

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